Most Followed #FOAMed Twitter Users

Jul 14, 14
Most Followed #FOAMed Twitter Users

Twitter-HashtagsAs the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM; #FOAMed) movement has continued to flourish over the past few years, Twitter has become a vital method for disseminating/discussing educational and clinical content. We thought it would be interesting to see who is being ‘followed’ on Twitter in the FOAM world. Certainly, the metric of Twitter followers does not necessarily correlate with quality. And, it misses newcomers to the FOAM scene and those with a more focused area of expertise/interest. We are more interested in understanding the landscape such as who is involved, geographic locations, areas of expertise, and association with blogs/podcasts.

Our search strategy was simple:

  1. Twitter was searched for all users with #FOAMed, #FOAMcc, #FOAMtox, #FOAMped, #FOAMems, #FOAM4GP, and/or #FOAM in his/her Twitter profile. *
  2. This was cross-referenced with Dr. Mike Cadogan’s (@sandnsurf) FOAMed Twitter list (1,074 members as of May 8, 2015).

Most Followed #FOAMed Twitter Users **

Rank Twitter Name Twitter Handle Location *** Followers Joined Twitter
1 Scott Weingart @EMCrit Stony Brook, NY 17,994 Apr 2009
2 Mike Cadogan @Sandnsurf Perth, Western Australia 16,519 Oct 2008
3 Radiology Signs @RadiologySigns 14,724 May 2012
4 @LearnTheHeart 14,341 Feb 2013
5 EMS 12-Lead @EMS12Lead Hilton Head Island, SC 11,581 Mar 2010
6 Chris Nickson @PrecordialThump Melbourne, Australia 9,919 Nov 2008
7 Michelle Lin @M_Lin San Francisco, USA 9,917 Apr 2009
8 FOAM Highlights @FOAM_Highlights Philadelphia, PA 9,909 Dec 2012
9 Matt @TheMattMak London via Liverpool 9,080 Mar 2011
10 Haney Mallemat @CriticalCareNow Baltimore, USA 8,780 Nov 2010
11 Minh Le Cong @ketaminh 8,152 Nov 2011
12 Cliff Reid @CliffReid Sydney 8,038 Mar 2009
13 The SMACC Team @SMACCTeam Global 7,181 May 2013
14 Rob Rogers @EM_Educator Lexington, Kentucky 6,833 Jun 2009
15 Seth Trueger @MDaware Chicago 6,786 Jun 2011
16 Critical Care Guys @critcareguys 6,734 Feb 2011
17 Matt and Mike @UltrasoundPod Matt (KY) & Mike (UT) 6,722 Aug 2011
18 IntensiveCareNetwork @I_C_N Sydney, Australia 6,708 Feb 2011
19 Bryan D Hayes @PharmERToxGuy Baltimore, MD 6,613 Feb 2012
20 Simon Carley @EMManchester Manchester 6,591 Feb 2009
21 Rob Orman @Emergencypdx Snowmass, CO 6,579 Jun 2010
22 ED Doc @4hrEmergencyDoc London 6,345 Oct 2010
23 David Juurlink @DavidJuurlink Toronto 5,922 Jan 2012
24 Steve Carroll @EMBasic San Antonio, TX 5,575 Dec 2011
25 Anand Swaminathan @EMSwami NYC 5,518 Mar 2013
26 Ryan Radecki @EMLitofNote Portland, OR 5,131 Jun 2011
27 Joe Lex @JoeLex5 Philadelphia 5,106 Jul 2012
28 Steven W. Smith @SmithECGBlog Minneapolis 5,046 Jun 2011
29 Pam Nelmes @Pam007Nelmes Cornwall, UK 4,631 Sep 2010
30 Michelle Johnston @Eleytherius Perth 4,561 Feb 2010
31 Salim R. Rezaie @srrezaie San Antonio, TX 4,393 Feb 2013
32 Andy Neill @AndyNeill Ireland 4,364 May 2011
33 Graham Walker @GrahamWalker San Francisco, CA 4,277 Jul 2007
34 Damian Roland @Damian_Roland Leicester, UK 4,125 Jan 2012
35 Leon Gussow @PoisonReview Chicago, IL 4,100 Nov 2009

* Those without one of the FOAM hashtags in his/her Twitter profile are not included on this list, even if they produce excellent, free content (eg, Dr. Amal Mattu, @amalmattu).

** Information current as of May 8, 2015.

*** Locations were taken directly from Twitter profiles.


  • Not too surprisingly, Dr. Scott Weingart of the EMCrit podcast leads the way, followed closely by the father of FOAMed, Dr. Mike Cadogan.
  • This list, although only a small subset, seems to be a microcosm of the larger FOAM community.
    • Worldwide representation from Australia to the UK to the USA.
    • A variety of healthcare professional representation including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and EMS providers.
    • Subspecialties within Emergency Medicine are also well represented including critical care, ECG, medical education, pharmacy, radiology, toxicology, and ultrasound.
    • Importantly, only 3 women are featured on the list. We separately highlight the most followed #FOAMed women on Twitter.

Original July 14, 2014; Updated May 8, 2015

Author information

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT, FASHP

Leadership Team, ALiEM
Creator and Lead Editor, Capsules and EM Pharm Pearls Series
Attending Pharmacist, EM and Toxicology, MGH
Associate Professor of EM, Division of Medical Toxicology, Harvard Medical School

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